Review: The Nature of Cruelty by L.H. Cosway

17860318Blurb from Goodreads

Her name is Lana. She wasn’t dealt the easiest cards in life. She wasn’t dealt the hardest. She has an illness, but she doesn’t let it rule her. The first time she laid eyes on her best friend’s twin brother she fell in love at first sight. It didn’t last very long. He was a hateful boy who made her miserable. The happiest day of her life was when he moved away to London six years ago.

His name is Robert. He breaks the ones who love him. He’s always liked to play games with Lana, see how far he could push her. He once thrived on her pain, but no more. Now she’s coming to London to live with his sister for the summer and this time he plans on being her friend instead of her tormentor. But Lana is scarred by his past bullying. She doesn’t trust him, nor does she have any reason to.

When the two find themselves living under the same roof, they call a truce. This summer will change both of their lives, as they put their history aside and learn one another from scratch.

When fear takes over, we use cruelty as a mask. Robert and Lana’s story will see their masks slip away as the love they felt on the inside shows its true face.

**Not suitable for younger readers. Contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.**

Published June 25th 2013 by Smashwords Edition
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
This is my second L.H. Cosway book after Stand Life with Strings. I think there is similarity in it. And there is nothing new in the story and is also predictable, but somehow she can manage to make it into an enjoyable book. One thing that I really liked from her books is the place setting. Most of NA books I read take place in the US, but in her books I got Dublin, Ireland and London, UK. Yeah I know it’s because she lives in Ireland but her books were like fresh air regarding in place setting. Well…London isn’t a new place in the story, actually but through Lana, the main character, eyes I got something new and different.

I really liked Lana. Although she has illness which needs to pay attention all the time, she’s a strong, brave and independent girl. And I loved that she wants to try something new even when she’s kinda afraid to do it. It was easy to connect with her. The way she tells her story is so clear I liked being with her in the story. On the other hand, I have a problem to understand and be with Robert, her love interest. He was a bully, cruel and full of hate. I understand why he feel that way but I think it’s so cruel when he knows that he’s cruel but keeps doing it. It’s like his cruelty hundred times worse, if it’s possible.

Aside Lana, I also liked Sasha, Robert’s twin sister. Although she doesn’t have much story, I can see that she’s a unique character. There is one tiny thing that at first I thought it isn’t an important thing to the story but Lana keeps mentioning it and thinking about it. In fact, at some point, I feel like annoyed whenever she brings it to the story. But then, I got bigger picture why she keep thinking about it in her mind. Hence, I loved when she tells me that bigger picture. And I just love her speech about the Nature of Cruelty, at some point I can’t help not to agree with her. Her speech makes me round up my rating into 4 stars.

Result: 4 out of 5 stars

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